05/27/16 10:00am
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Nautical-themed tablewear and candles at Dabney Lee.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Nautical-themed tablewear and candles at Dabney Lee.

With Memorial Day weekend typically marking the beginning of the summer season on Shelter Island, 2016 is less about new businesses than returning businesses. (more…)

10/01/15 8:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK Island’s bounce-back following national trends

ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK The local bounce-back is  following national trends

If anyone doubts that the economy has improved considerably, just speak with Shelter Island business owners.

With almost no exceptions, Island businesses followed national trends in recovering handsomely from a brutal winter. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 192,000 new jobs were created nationally in March, a sign of optimism kicking off a solid spring and summer.

In an informal survey, the Reporter found that Island business owners had their own way of measuring summer success: Many were so busy they’re relieved to be able to take a breather this fall. (more…)

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04/24/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Mimi Brennan with members of her family at the 2005 Lions Club Citizen of the Year celebration.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Mimi Brennan with members of her family at the 2005 Lions Club Citizen of the Year celebration.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Legendary war correspondent and CBS News journalist Edward R. Murrow, who also served as director of the United States Information Service, died of lung cancer. (more…)

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10/14/14 4:05pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Fighting for a clear channel in Menantic Creek at Tuesday’s Town Board work session were (from left) Hap Bowditch, Linda McCarthy and James Brantuk.

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Fighting for a clear channel in Menantic Creek at Tuesday’s Town Board work session were (from left) Hap Bowditch, Linda McCarthy and James Brantuk.

At the urging of Menantic Creek residents, Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty agreed at Tuesday’s Town Board work session to write a letter to Suffolk County supporting a request for dredging to open up a channel that’s impassable at low tide.

“We’ll get it moving,” Mr. Dougherty told those who showed up in Town Hall about the dredging request, which must receive Suffolk County approval. At the same time, he warned that such requests take time, and the town’s current priority is the long-delayed dredging at South Ferry that affects interstate travel.

Because at low tide the channel is less than six feet deep around Island Boatyard, manager James Brantuk said he has been advised to ask for a nine-foot depth.

Without it, he is losing business, he told the Town Board.

Island Boatyard has 80 slips and room for 250 boats in dry storage as well as transient dockage for those going to SALT restaurant.

But with a limited channel, “There is always increased danger of collision,” said creek resident Linda McCarthy said.

She and neighbor Hap Bowditch brought a petition to the Waterways Management Advisory Committee last week and were told that it would be useful to get Town Board support the effort.

While the county has maintained it won’t dredge areas not previously dredged, Menantic Creek was previously dredged by former supervisor Everett Tuthill before it became illegal for private dredging to take place.

What’s more, Ms. McCarthy told the Town Board, Menantic is the only creek here that hasn’t been dredged by the county.

Owners of 70 properties surrounding the creek are affected by the lack of a channel, she said. Others, including South Ferry, that used to be able to bring boats into the creek during storms, are unable to do so now.

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